Dance Artists In Residence

Photo from DAIR in Ausdance NSW, Photo of DAIR Artist Yukino McHugh's development at Catapult in Newcastle, NSW. Photography by Jessica Coughlan

Photo from DAIR in Ausdance NSW, Photo of DAIR Artist Yukino McHugh's development at Catapult in Newcastle, NSW. Photography by Jessica Coughlan


Congratulations to our 2017 DAIR Recipients:
Leah Landau, Trevor Santos and Isabelle Beauvard at Melbourne Academy of Performing Arts

Lydia Connolly-Hiatt and Sarah Elsworth at Melbourne City Ballet

Leandra Osmond at Shirley Burke Theatre

Ellen Davies at Frankston Arts Centre



DAIR applications open: 25 May 2017

Applications close: 30 June 2017


Ausdance Victoria Dance Artist in Residence Program (DAIR) invites independent dance artists, collectives, collaborators and companies of any dance genre to submit proposals for the 2017 program. Originally started by Ausdance NSW in 2015, DAIR makes it Victorian debut in 2017. DAIR offers artists free access to dance spaces for the development of their dance practice, creative development or rehearsal of work. Ausdance Victoria is partnering with four host venues this year to offer both one and two-week residencies.


DAIR is a direct response to the ongoing challenges of access to affordable and appropriate spaces to dance artists for the development of dance making and practice. DAIR activities may involve creative development, research, mentorships, rehearsal and remounting of work. Applicants can apply for a residency of one or two weeks.


To be eligible, primary applicants should be Victorian based and an Ausdance Victoria member, however collaborators may be interstate or internationally based.

You can become a member here.


DAIR recipients receive:

  • Prior to residency, a 15-min phone call with an Ausdance Victoria representative to help with effective residency planning, implementation of artistic processes and format of studio showing
  • One studio visit from an Ausdance VIC representative during residency
  • Administrative support for studio showing (if required)
  • Feedback session post residency
  • Promotion of artist/residency through Ausdance Victoria e-news and social media


Selection Criteria

·      Calibre of artist / collaborating artists

·      Clear articulation of conceptual rationale and process

·      Benefit to the artist in receiving the DAIR at this point in the development of a work OR to developing their practice.


NOTE: All successful DAIR recipients must provide a Certificate of Currency (Public Liability Insurance) before commencement of their residency.


Apply below


Venues and Dates

You will be able to select three options (in order of preference) within your application.


Shirley Burke Theatre (Studio): 64 Parkers Rd, Parkdale

Two-week residency:

·       25 September – 7 October (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)


One week residency:

·       25 – 30 September (Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm)

·       2 – 7 October (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Please note the studio is closed 29 September.


Melbourne City Ballet: 5/19 Pentridge Blvd, Coburg

Two-week residency: 21 August – 1 September (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm)


The DAIR artist must also teach a paid workshop for Melbourne City Ballet students in the week beginning 11 September.


Frankston Arts Centre (Cube 37 Studios): 27-37 Davey St, Frankston

Two-week residency: 7 – 18 August (times as listed below)


Monday 7 August: 9am - 9pm

Tuesday 8 Aug: 9am - 3pm

Wed – n/a

Thursday 10 Aug: 9am - 12pm

Friday 11 Aug: 9am - 3pm

Monday 14 August: 9am – 9pm

Tuesday 15 August: 9am - 3pm

Wed n/a

Thursday 17 August: 9am -  12pm

Friday 18 August: 9am -  2pm


Melbourne Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA): 140 Hall St, Spotswood

Two residencies will be offered for two weeks each:

·       31 July – 11 August (Monday to Friday)

·       14 August – 25 August (Monday to Friday)


Monday 10:00am – 3:45pm

Tuesday 9:15am - 3:45pm

Wednesday 9:15am -3:45pm

Thursday 9:15am-3:45pm

Friday 10:00am-3:45pm


The DAIR artists are required to:

·       Tag MAPA in social media posts about the work being created during the residency

·       Hold a showing for the MAPA community at the end of residency (specifically for MAPA Elite students), if work being created is appropriate for this target audience.